Montag, 14. August 2006


Bush Back in DC, but "Camp Casey" Still Open

"This is a victory for us that he is not here," said Kyle Johnson, 31, of Austin. "We've felt powerless to stop the war. Now we've spoken truth to power and made him run off, and I think it's going to feed the energy of this."

Rewriting the Geneva Conventions

In January 2002, when the Bush administration created the camp at Guantanamo Bay for prisoners from the war in Afghanistan, President Bush said he would be "adhering to the spirit of the Geneva Convention" in handling the detainees. Unfortunately, like many of the things the administration said about Guantanamo Bay, this was not true.

"Swift Boat" Veterans Set Sights on Congressman Murtha

Two years after a cadre of veterans helped sink the presidential campaign of Senator John F. Kerry, they have found a new target in the old steel country of southwestern Pennsylvania: Democratic congressman John P. Murtha.

Bush "Viewed War in Lebanon as a Curtain-Raiser for Attack on Iran"

The Bush administration was informed in advance and gave the "green light" to Israel's military strikes against Hezbollah, with plans drawn up months before two Israeli soldiers were seized it has been claimed. The US reportedly considered Israel's actions as a necessary prerequisite for a possible strike against Iran. A report by a leading investigative reporter says that earlier this summer Israeli officials visited Washington to brief the government on its plan to respond to any Hezbollah provocation and to "find out how much the US would bear."

Does Calling It Jihad Make It So?

"Soon after the British police announced last week that they had broken up a plot to blow up aircraft across the Atlantic, President Bush declared the affair 'a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists.'" David E. Sanger writes, "British officials, on the other hand, referred to the men in custody as 'main players,' and declined to discuss either their motives or ideology so that they would not jeopardize 'criminal proceedings.'"

Arbeitslose ein deutlich höheres Sterberisiko als gleichaltrige Erwerbstätige

Faule Drückeberger?: Arbeitslose sterben offenbar früher (14.08.06)

Arbeitslose haben offenbar ein deutlich höheres Sterberisiko als gleichaltrige Erwerbstätige. Das geht aus einer Studie des Instituts für medizinische Psychologie der Universität Leipzig hervor, wie die Zeitschrift "Super Illu" am Sonntag vorab berichtete. Danach ist bei Menschen ohne Job die Sterblichkeit bereits kurz nach Beginn der Arbeitslosigkeit mehr als doppelt so hoch. Ursache seien vor allem Depressionen und Suchtkrankheiten wie Alkoholismus, bei Frauen auch Tablettensucht, Erschöpfungssymptome und Bluthochdruck bis hin zum Herzinfarkt. Diese Krankheiten seien bei Arbeitslosen "viel häufiger als bei Menschen, die einen Job haben", so Brähler. Ihre Sterblichkeit sei dadurch massiv erhöht, schon kurz nach Eintritt der Arbeitslosigkeit sei sie mehr doppelt so hoch wie bei Erwerbstätigen.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:


Every year, the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of animal protection groups, offers college and university students a chance to "Design Against Fur" in a poster/advertisement contest.

This year's challenge?

Create a design that will expose the brutal Canadian seal hunt and the fashion industry that supports the slaughter by creating demand for seal pup fur. I thought you'd like to see some of the 2006 Design Against Fur contest winners. Click here.

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In 2006 alone, Canadian fishermen killed 330,000 baby seals for their fur, a shocking number of whom were still alive and able to feel pain. But informed consumers can fight the hunt by calling on designers to stop using seal fur and by demonstrating their disapproval by boycotting Canadian seafood.

The Design Against Fur contest is just one more way we're continuing to pressure the Canadian government to end the hunt.

Thank you for helping raise awareness about this brutal hunt, and for all you do for animals.

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

Copyright ©2006 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) | All Rights Reserved. The Humane Society of the United States | 2100 L Street, NW | Washington, DC 20037 | 202-452-1100 |


NEIGHBOURS have given a mixed response to plans for a 12.5 metre mobile phone mast at the Golden Eagle pub in Haywards Heath.

The proposed G2 mast by telecommunications company O2 does not require planning permission because it is covered under permitted development at the site in America Lane.

Planners expect the mast, which is to be disguised as a flag pole, to be built in the next four to five months.

Residents have greeted the plans with a mixture of fear for the health implications on the local area and tolerance. Deputy Manager of Martin's in America Lane, Jo Bowen, said she was not happy about the impact the mast may have on children.

She said: "I would be a hypocrite to say I was concerned about the health effects on me because I have a mobile phone but it's an estate full of children and radiation is a concern.

"In this area there are a lot of young children hanging around down at the green and at the football club."

Manager of Sawyers Health Club Julian Drage was surprised neighbours had not been notified in advance. He said: "We were a little surprised we weren't notified the mast was going up in the general area. We would have liked to have been informed so we could have considered the possible health implications on our customers."

O2 have said the new G2 mast is necessary to improve general network coverage and to cater for a predicted growth in population in the area over the next few years.

A Boston road resident, who did not wish to be named, supported the move. She said: "I've got no problems. Everyone uses mobile phones. There's no written evidence that it causes cancer. I'm happy to live within close proximity to it as long as it's disguised."

Omega this is not true. See under:

Spokesperson for O2 James Stevenson said he expected there to be more communication with residents over the next few weeks.

He said: "We've got permission but we're going to talk to the residents before we put it up.

"We're going to tell them what we're proposing and put it forward to them. We want to explain ourselves a bit better than we have of late. We've written to some people and we will talk to them. If they want, we will have an all day session. It may be somebody will suggest a better location."

14 August 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.

SB 1627: Wireless Communications Facilities

Why does Congress have to force the White House to update its intelligence on Iraq?

Edward M. Kennedy: Demeaning Democracy

Senator Kennedy: "The November election will teach Dick Cheney and others of his ilk that they cannot use fear to cling to power. As Will Rogers said, 'It's no disgrace not to be able to run a country nowadays, but it is a disgrace to keep on trying when you know you can't.'"

Paving the Way to War with Iran

Informant: Kev Hall

Don't be terrorized

by Ronald Bailey


Yesterday, British authorities broke up an alleged terror plot to blow up as many as ten commercial airliners as they flew to the United States. In response, the Department of Homeland Security upped the alert level on commercial flights from Britain to 'red' and boosted the alert to 'orange' for all other flights. In a completely unscientific poll, AOL asked subscribers: 'Are you changing your travel plans because of the raised threat level?' At mid-afternoon about a quarter of the respondents had said yes. Such polls do reflect the kinds of anxieties terrorist attacks, even those that have been stymied, provoke in the public. But how afraid should Americans be of terrorist attacks? Not very, as some quick comparisons with other risks that we regularly run in our daily lives indicate...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Go, Joe, no, really, just go

by Thomas L. Knapp


After the Democratic Party failed of its real, true, sole purpose -- the care and feeding of Joe Lieberman -- three times, Joe Lieberman made it clear that it isn't just the Democrat Party which exists to serve Joe Lieberman. Now, the purpose of the existence of the state and people of Connecticut is to provide Joe Lieberman with a US Senate seat in perpetuity. It's not about politics. It's not about issues. It's not about representation. It's. All. About. Joe. Lieberman. The world revolves around Joe Lieberman, see?

Foolish and dangerous

by Max Hastings

Guardian [UK]


Bush's belief in a worldwide Islamist conspiracy is foolish and dangerous. George Bush sometimes sounds more like the Mahdi, preaching jihad against infidels, than the leader of a western democracy. In his regular radio address to the American people on Saturday he linked the British alleged aircraft plotters with Hizbullah in Lebanon, and these in turn with the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. All, said the president of the world's most powerful nation, share a 'totalitarian ideology,' and a desire to 'establish a safe haven from which to attack free nations.' Bush's remarks put me in mind of a proverb attributed to Ali ibn Abu Talib: 'He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere'...,,1843841,00.html

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Is the United States bankrupt?

by Laurence J. Kotlikoff

National Center for Policy Analysis


Is the United States bankrupt? Many would scoff at this notion. Others would argue that financial implosion is just around the corner. Economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff concludes that countries can go broke, that the United States is going broke, that remaining open to foreign investment can help stave off bankruptcy, but that radical reform of U.S. fiscal institutions is essential to secure the nation's economic future.

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

"Pro-war, you get the door"

The Weekly Standard
by Matthew Continetti

It was left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore who most dramatically summarized the feelings of the antiwar left about their new champion, the multimillionaire father of three from Greenwich, Connecticut. 'Let the resounding defeat of Senator Joe Lieberman send a cold shiver down the spine of every Democrat who supported the invasion of Iraq,' Moore wrote in an open letter, 'and who continues to support, in any way, this senseless, immoral, unwinnable war.' This was a sentiment echoed, albeit more succinctly, by the blogger 'Dadhusker,' commenting on Firedoglake: 'Pro-war, You get the door!' Sometimes the simplest explanation is best. Senator Dodd was right when he told reporters at the 'unity' event in Hartford that the previous night's primary was 'about the people we seek to represent,' and that politicians 'have an obligation to the voters of the state' to represent them as fully as possible. Simply put, the voters in Connecticut are antiwar... (for publication 08/21/06)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's political survival depends on terror

by William Greider



An evil symbiosis does exist between Muslim terrorists and American politicians, but it is not the one Republicans describe. The jihadists need George W. Bush to sustain their cause. His bloody crusade in the Middle East bolsters their accusation that America is out to destroy Islam. The president has unwittingly made himself the lead recruiter of willing young martyrs. More to the point, it is equally true that Bush desperately needs the terrorists. They are his last frail hope for political survival. They divert public attention, at least momentarily, from his disastrous war in Iraq and his shameful abuses of the Constitution. The 'news' of terror -- whether real or fantasized -- reduces American politics to its most primitive impulses, the realm of fear-and-smear where George Bush is at his best. So, once again in the run-up to a national election, we are visited with alarming news...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Were Bush and Blair the targets?

by Pat Buchanan

Human Events


Already we are hearing that Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran, North Korea and al-Qaida are all part of a gigantic Axis of Evil -- with which we are engaged in 'World War III' in Newt's phrase, 'World War IV' in the phrase of ex-CIA Director James Woolsey -- and, 'Let's get it over with!' Most of what we are hearing is propaganda. Everyone is using the Atlantic bomb plot as an excuse to mount his or her hobbyhorse and ride, ride, ride. What we need to know is the truth...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Dean: Lieberman should drop independent bid

San Jose Mercury News


The Democratic Party's boss says it's time for Joe to go. Adding his voice to a chorus of other leaders, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Sunday that Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman should drop his independent bid against Ned Lamont, the anti-war candidate who knocked him off in last week's primary. 'I know how hard this is for Joe, and he is a good person, but the truth is, I lost one of these races, and I got behind my party's nominee, and I think that is what you have to do if you want to help this country,' Dean said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'The way to help this country is to limit Republican power,' he said. After conceding his loss to Lamont Tuesday night, Lieberman said he'd take him on again in November's general election as an 'independent Democrat'...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Indien: Angst vor der Coca-Colonialisierung

„Vor laufenden Kameras verbrennen oder zerreißen wütende Inder Cola-Plakate, kippen die Softdrinks auf die Straße oder trichtern sie Eseln ein. Gut 60 Jahre nach Beginn von Indiens Unabhängigkeitsbewegung erlebt das Ghandi-Land eine neue Verlasst-Indien-Kampagne. Aber diesmal sind nicht die britischen Kolonialherren gemeint, sondern die US-Brausegiganten Coca-Cola und Pepsico…“ Artikel von Christine Möllhoff in der Frankfurter Rundschau vom 11.08.2006

CSE releases new study on pesticides in soft drinks

Die Presseerklärung des “Centre for Science and Environment” (CSE) mit vielen Links z.B. zur eigentlichen Studie, zu einer Power-Point-Präsentation, in der die wichtigsten Ergebnisse vorgestellt werden usw. Presseerklärung vom 11.08.2006

Testergebnisse von "The Coca-Cola Company" bestätigen Unbedenklichkeit von Erfrischungsgetränken in Indien

Die (englische) Pressemitteilung des Konzerns auf der hauseigenen Seite „Coke facts“

Aus: LabourNet, 14. August 2006

MigrationsAktionsTag am 7. Oktober 2006 in ganz Europa und darüber hinaus

Am 7. Oktober findet ein dezentraler, transnationaler, migrationsbezogener Aktionstag statt. Der dritte Aktionstag wird sich gegen die Aberkennung von Rechten, gegen die Kriminalisierung von MigrantInnen und gegen alle Einwanderungskontrollen richten, und klare Forderungen im Kontext von Bewegungsfreiheit und Bleiberecht stellen: Für eine bedingungslose europäische Legalisierung und gleiche Rechte für alle MigrantInnen; Für die Schließung aller Internierungslager in Europa und überall; Für ein Ende aller Abschiebungen und des Externalisierungsprozesses; Für eine Entkopplung der Aufenthaltserlaubnis von einem Arbeitsvertrag und gegen „Prekarität“. Siehe den Aufruf zum dritten MigrationsAktionsTag am 7. Oktober 2006 (pdf)

Siehe dazu auch weitere Informationen beim Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg

Aus: LabourNet, 14. August 2006

Arme aller Länder vereinigt Euch: Erwerbslose in Bewegung

WTO, Seattle & ff. - Gipfel und Globalisierungsproteste > G-8-Gipfel im Sommer 2007 in Heiligendamm

CampInski guter Auftakt für Gipfelproteste im kommenden Jahr

„Zehn Tage lang haben G 8 GegnerInnen in Steinhagen den Protest gegen den Gipfel in Heiligendamm 2007 diskutiert und vorbereitet. "Das Camp hatte in erster Linie die Idee, Widerstand zu vernetzen, um im kommenden Jahr gemeinsam den Protest zu koordinieren und zu gestalten. Das ist voll gelungen", so Rosa Camper, Sprecherin des Campinski. Neben der konkreten Vorbereitung gab es über 150 Workshops und Veranstaltungen nicht nur zu den vier Schwerpunkten globale Landwirtschaft, NPD-Wahlkampf in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Migration, Militarismus. "Die Zahl von über 1000 TeilnehmerInnen hat unsere Erwartungen übertroffen. Das ist ein gutes Zeichen für die Proteste im kommenden Jahr", so Camper. Insgesamt werden rund 15.000 AktivistInnen aus aller Welt erwartet…“ Pressemitteilung zum erfolgreichen Abschluss des Camps

Siehe dazu auch:

Polizeieinsatz am Badetag in Heiligendamm

„Gestern, am Freitag, den 11. 8.06, fand im Rahmen der Aktivitäten des Campinski ein "demonstrativer Badetag" in Heiligendamm statt. Das Ziel war, den vielfältigen Widerstand gegen das G8-Treffen nächstes Jahr direkt vor Ort zu präsentieren. In unserem Focus stand dabei die geplante Privatisierung des öffenflichen Strandes in Heiligendamm durch den Eigentümer der Kempinski-Hotelkette, der Fundusgruppe…“ Presseerklärung des Camp Inski zu den Polizeieinsätzen gegen die Demonstrationen am 11.08.06

Steinhagen: "Arme aller Länder - vereinigt Euch!"

„Unter dem Leitmotiv "Erwerbslose in Bewegung" berieten sich auf Einladung der Gruppe "Internationale KommunstInnen" am 10. August 2006 verschiedene Erwerbsloseninitiativen mit 19 TeilnehmerInnen von Camp Insky bei Steinhagen/ Hagebök bei Wismar…“ Bericht von von Anne Allex vom 14.08.2006 bei indymedia

Europäische Märsche gegen Prekarisierung zum G8-Gipfel nach Rostock

Verschiedene europäische Netzwerke von Obdachlosen, Erwerbslosen, prekär Beschäftigten, sowie Gewerkschafter und Friedensaktivisten haben auf dem Europäischen Sozialforum in Athen den Vorschlag aufgegriffen, eine europäische Mobilisierung nach Heiligendamm anlässlich des G8-Gipfels im Juni 2007 durch Sternmärsche nach Rostock zu verdeutlichen. Die Märsche richten sich gegen die globale Prekarisierung unserer Arbeits- und Lebensverhältnisse, die eine unmittelbare Folge der neoliberalen Globalisierung (Deregulierung, Privatisierung und Senkung der sog. Lohnnebenkosten) sind. Siehe dazu:

Aus ganz Europa: Auf nach Heiligendamm im Juni 2007! Projektvorstellung: Märsche durch Europa nach Heiligendamm (pdf)

Zweite Ausgabe der G8Xtra erschienen

Die zweite Ausgabe der vierseitigen Mobilisierungszeitung ist fertig. In der Nummer 2 finden sich u.a. Artikel zur Gegen-G8-Kultur, ein Interview mit Aktivisten zum Stand der Bewegung, zur regionalen Nazi-Szene in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, und Informationen zum geplanten Aktionstag der migrationspolitischen Netzwerke.

Aus: LabourNet, 14. August 2006

USA-Iran: Militärschlag vor April?

Multi-dimensionale Bedrohung

U.S. Pressured UK To Arrest Alleged Terror Suspects

By Aram Roston, Lisa Myers, and the NBC News Investigative Unit

The official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.


By Bruce Lieberman San Diego Union-Tribune August 12, 2006

Increasing temperatures will transform California, threatening some of its most valuable resources in coming decades.

That's the primary message of a new state publication that summarizes 17 scientific studies examining how global warming is expected to play out in California.

³The potential impacts of global warming are unmistakable, adding more days of deadly heat, more intense and frequent wildfires, shorter supplies of drinking water and serious public-health risks,² Linda Adams, the state's secretary for environmental protection, said yesterday during a news conference at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

By publishing the report, titled ³Our Changing Climate: Assessing the Risks to California , state officials hope to engage citizens who haven't followed the steady stream of reports ordered last year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger when he called for statewide reductions in the emission of greenhouse gases.

Worldwide, scientists agree that Earth's atmosphere and oceans are warming and that human use of fossil fuels for energy is driving the trend. Levels of carbon dioxide -- a byproduct of burning gas, oil and coal -- are now higher than they've been for at least 650,000 years, scientists have reported.

One global change that will affect California's coastline is rising sea levels. Over the 20th century, sea levels rose about 7 inches due to warming. Depending on how much more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere during the next several decades, sea levels could rise as much as 28 inches more.

Sea levels that high could devastate San Diego County's coastline, particularly during high tides and El Niño storms.

Warming in California also is melting mountain snow -- the state's primary source of drinking water -- earlier in the spring. That means less snow melt will be available later in the year, during the state's hot, dry summer and fall seasons.

Other results of global warming could be more frequent and intense heat waves, as well as bigger and longer-lasting wildfires.

³Climate change is an issue we all need to be educated about,² said Mike Chrisman, California's secretary for resources. ³We've got to do a better job of educating. It's a long-term effort, (and) we've got to get people talking about it.²

Dan Cayan, a climate scientist at Scripps, said the general public is beginning to recognize the specter of rising temperatures.

Last month's heat wave across the nation, Europe's deadly heat wave of 2003, melting glaciers in Greenland and other events have contributed to a growing realization that a warming climate is changing the globe.

³I think people have, in a sense, a mental scoreboard, and they're seeing these factors accumulate,² Cayan said. ³I really believe that this is becoming an issue that is starting to get taken more seriously.²

The Scripps news conference followed one held in Riverside, where state officials highlighted the connection between warming temperatures and the risk of wildfires in California.

More meetings around the state are planned.

To see the report online, go to

Informant: NHNE

The End of the Empire

America Cannot Rule the World

FDA Poised to Change The Health & Well Being of All Americans

by Byron J. Richards, CCN

The FDA is now poised to dramatically change the health and well being of all Americans. Unfortunately, they are headed in the wrong direction­straight over a cliff. The FDA is supposed to make sure drugs are safe and effective; they are mandated to protect the public. However, the top two positions at the FDA are now headed by Big Pharma representatives. The Bush-appointed new FDA leadership is intent on removing any brakes being applied to the drug approval process.....

Maj. Gen. John Batiste says Iraq in 'uncontrollable chaos'

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